BY JAMES COOK and DENNIS CHASE
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Krista Scott and Julie Moses did what they expected.
Scott thought she could finish Monday’s Boston Marathon in 3 hours, 30 minutes. Moses set a goal to finish under 4 hours.
The two local runners could not have been more accurate. Scott crossed the finish line in 3:30:13 and Moses in 3:59:29 in the annual Patriot’s Day run that ended in tragedy when two bombs exploded near the finish line, killing three people and injuring more than 130 as of Monday night.
Up until then it had been a race to remember for Scott and Moses.
“The race itself was wonderful,” Scott, a physical therapist at Excel Rehabilitation, said. “Everything went according to plan. I ran a very controlled, very smart, balanced race — and that helped.”
Especially in the first 5K.
“It would be easy to get caught up in everything that’s going on around you — the excitement, the hype,” she said. “Plus, it’s pretty easy to go out fast because it’s downhill.
“I focused on taking in the whole experience that first 5K, keeping myself in the moment, keeping myself on a good pace instead of just cutting loose,” she said.
Scott, 35, ran the second half of the race, which includes a series of hills, faster than the first half. She was at 1:46:09 at the half.
Moses, who turned 50 last year, was at 1:51:17 at the half.
“I never looked at the course prior to running, so I didn’t really know what Heartbreak Hill was all about,” she said. “I didn’t realize it was as hilly as it was. I trained very well in the snow in wintery conditions outside, and I was right on target.”
Former Benzie Central runner Michael Waterson, now a grad student at the University of Michigan, posted the area’s best time in 2:39:17, which placed him 258th overall. He was at 1:17:57 at the half.
“There are some hills at about the 20-mile mark that can put you in your place,” he said. “But I thought I handled them OK.”
It was Waterson’s third marathon. He qualified with a then personal best 2:44:58 at St. Louis in the fall of 2011.
“My first goal (Monday) was to set a PR,” he said. “My reach goal was to break 2:40.”
He was good on both counts.
Suttons Bay’s Michael Jarvis had an injury slow him down near the finish. He received assistance to cover the last half-mile, finishing in 3:40:17. Jarvis, 50, believes he suffered a stress fracture or broken right leg. He was still awaiting medical treatment when contacted Monday evening. A runner who had already finished and a Marine helped him the last half-mile.
“I had a good race going,” Jarvis said. “For myself, I had a good pace going. I was going to make it in less than 3 hours and 30 minutes, which was my goal. I was probably going to beat that by five minutes with the pace I had going. And then I had the injury. If I hadn’t had help from those two guys, I wouldn’t have finished at all.”
Among other area runners, Kyle Kiel came in at 3:20:46, Daniel Novak 3:21:34, Sarah Pardee 3:30:27 and Marcy Huber 4:00:14. Honor’s Gary Lake was pulled from the course at mile 25 because of the bomb explosions at the finish line.
That incident overshadowed the race.
“It’s such a great event,” Waterson said. “To have that happen is a difficult thing. It’s tough.”
“This was a bucket list kind of thing for me,” Jarvis said. “It was a big stretch for me to qualify and come here and do this. It was something I wanted to do when I was 50. So it’s not like I had a plan to do 25 Bostons in a row. This event, if I don’t do it again, it won’t be because of this.”
Scott re-qualified for Boston with her time.
“It (race) was everything I thought it would be and more,” she said. “It was amazing. I might have to come back and do it again.”
Name Town Time Finish
Michael Waterson Ann Arbor 2:39:17 241
Kyle Kiel Alden 3:20:46 5,134
Daniel Novak Traverse City 3:21:34 5,255
Michael Jarvis Suttons Bay 3:40:17 7,934
Krista Scott Lake Ann 3:30:13 1,898
Sarah Pardee Charlevoix 3:30:27 1,929
Julie Moses Traverse City 3:59:29 6,029
Marcy Huber Manistee 4:00:14 6,107